How to Stick to Your New Year Resolution?

As a child and then as a teenager I remember marking my New Year resolutions as soon as December began.

It all began with reminiscing my progress during the past year- which as it turned out was not so good hence with utmost enthusiasm and zeal I began preparing mental notes for what needs to be achieved during the upcoming year.

Not to forget- my resolutions were sealed with a pledge: ‘this year will be better than the last and I will make sure I check all items on my resolution list’.

But like previous years, my progress stalled- January started on a high note but come February, all seemed forgotten: my resolutions blurred and enthusiasm drained.

As an adult, I asked myself- why was I not able to stick to the resolutions I made?

Was it an issue of commitment?

Was I not motivated enough to see my progress through?

Or did I pledge a resolution I never wanted in the first place?

To be honest- it was a culmination of a lot of factors.

I realized marking New Year resolutions is an evergreen ‘in’ phenomenon and I was simply a part of the same bandwagon who swears by certain resolutions for the heck of it (because it’s exciting to be a part of something that recurs every year and it manages to captivate everybody oh-so-keenly).

Seldom did I ever give thought to what should I actually pledge?

Why should I do it?

And how will I achieve my goal(s)?

Not investing enough time and thought into my resolution planning simply limited my goals to a fancy piece of paper and nothing meaningful came out of it- it was a futile exercise!

Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood gave me an opportunity to reflect on my behaviors, choices and habits.

I questioned why was I doing what I was doing?

It sounds tricky but it is quite simple- curiosity did give me clarity.

I applied the same logic to my New Year resolution planning- question, reason, plan and implement.

5 ways I have made my New Year Resolutions Sticky:

making-your-new-year-resolution-stick

1) Ink It!

Get clarity on what you need to pledge and why?

Many of us fall into the trap of over planning and accumulating a gazillion things we hope to change during the course of the upcoming year.

Failing to prepare is like preparing to fail – your resolutions are no different.

  • Write down the changes you need to make (keep the ‘what’ part simple and brief!)
  • Why do you need to make those changes? (reason + rationale)
  • What will happen if you don’t make those changes? (impact)

Writing allows you some room to think, compose your thoughts and get rid of ambiguity.

Writing your new year resolution quote

Don’t rush with this exercise, give yourself some time to deep dive and gain perspective on what is it that you really want and how would you achieve it?

2) Rate and Rank Your Resolutions

Elongating your list unnecessarily will take you nowhere.

Be realistic and play by the rule of prioritizing the most important items first.

Pick 3-5 areas of focus and rank them in order of importance. Without further ado- dive straight into implementation phase (don’t overthink or over complicate matters).

Priorities Quotes

Start by taking action on changes that mean the most to you- take baby steps but ensure you are doing something daily to move towards realizing your resolution.

3) Daily Reminder

To achieve your resolution you need to transform yourself into a self-starter who feels motivated to make a difference every day.

To maintain a contagious level of energy, discipline and focus is not easy so what you need is a daily reminder.

A daily dose of encouragement that recaps what you need to achieve and your reason for doing so- will help.

Discipline Jim Rohn Quote

Decorate your workplace with mantras that resonate with you, get your resolution printed on your coffee mug or mobile/desktop/laptop cover- it may seem too simplistic but you’ll have to try it to believe it!

Remember- stronger the reminder, stronger the reinforcement.

4) Strong Support System

Nothing helps you stick more to a goal than support of your friends and family.

A strong support system will ensure you remain committed to your goal via their help, presence and words of reassurance. It also acts as a pillar in case of relapse and serves as a platform to help you bounce back in action.

Talk to your loved ones regularly, tell them how you feel, talk to them about your progress, be honest, open and transparent.

Family and Friends Quote

It’s okay to be scared or feel uncertain- discuss those fears with your support system. Seek their advice and ask for help whenever you want it.

5) SMART Goals

Chalk out goals which are: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-bound.

Don’t weave dreamy goals which are idealistic but unworkable. Be honest to yourself and focus on things which matter to you.

Reward small wins and be kind to yourself. Inculcate discipline, determination and diligence as a part of your routine.

Change does not occur overnight- it takes time, so allow yourself that space.

Goals Quote

Feel positive energy and channelize it to achieve your goals.
Evaluate your progress regularly and discuss your development and challenges (if any) with your trusted aides.

I hope my insights help you commit to your goal better and may this year turn out to be more fruitful for you than the last.

Happy Pledging! 

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How to Stick to Your New Year Resolution?

As a child and then as a teenager I remember marking my New Year resolutions as soon as December began.

It all began with reminiscing my progress during the past year- which as it turned out was not so good hence with utmost enthusiasm and zeal I began preparing mental notes for what needs to be achieved during the upcoming year.

Not to forget- my resolutions were sealed with a pledge: ‘this year will be better than the last and I will make sure I check all items on my resolution list’.

But like previous years, my progress stalled- January started on a high note but come February, all seemed forgotten: my resolutions blurred and enthusiasm drained.

As an adult, I asked myself- why was I not able to stick to the resolutions I made?

Was it an issue of commitment?

Was I not motivated enough to see my progress through?

Or did I pledge a resolution I never wanted in the first place?

To be honest- it was a culmination of a lot of factors.

I realized marking New Year resolutions is an evergreen ‘in’ phenomenon and I was simply a part of the same bandwagon who swears by certain resolutions for the heck of it (because it’s exciting to be a part of something that recurs every year and it manages to captivate everybody oh-so-keenly).

Seldom did I ever give thought to what should I actually pledge?

Why should I do it?

And how will I achieve my goal(s)?

Not investing enough time and thought into my resolution planning simply limited my goals to a fancy piece of paper and nothing meaningful came out of it- it was a futile exercise!

Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood gave me an opportunity to reflect on my behaviors, choices and habits.

I questioned why was I doing what I was doing?

It sounds tricky but it is quite simple- curiosity did give me clarity.

I applied the same logic to my New Year resolution planning- question, reason, plan and implement.

5 ways I have made my New Year Resolutions Sticky:

making-your-new-year-resolution-stick

1) Ink It!

Get clarity on what you need to pledge and why?

Many of us fall into the trap of over planning and accumulating a gazillion things we hope to change during the course of the upcoming year.

Failing to prepare is like preparing to fail – your resolutions are no different.

  • Write down the changes you need to make (keep the ‘what’ part simple and brief!)
  • Why do you need to make those changes? (reason + rationale)
  • What will happen if you don’t make those changes? (impact)

Writing allows you some room to think, compose your thoughts and get rid of ambiguity.

Writing your new year resolution quote

Don’t rush with this exercise, give yourself some time to deep dive and gain perspective on what is it that you really want and how would you achieve it?

2) Rate and Rank Your Resolutions

Elongating your list unnecessarily will take you nowhere.

Be realistic and play by the rule of prioritizing the most important items first.

Pick 3-5 areas of focus and rank them in order of importance. Without further ado- dive straight into implementation phase (don’t overthink or over complicate matters).

Priorities Quotes

Start by taking action on changes that mean the most to you- take baby steps but ensure you are doing something daily to move towards realizing your resolution.

3) Daily Reminder

To achieve your resolution you need to transform yourself into a self-starter who feels motivated to make a difference every day.

To maintain a contagious level of energy, discipline and focus is not easy so what you need is a daily reminder.

A daily dose of encouragement that recaps what you need to achieve and your reason for doing so- will help.

Discipline Jim Rohn Quote

Decorate your workplace with mantras that resonate with you, get your resolution printed on your coffee mug or mobile/desktop/laptop cover- it may seem too simplistic but you’ll have to try it to believe it!

Remember- stronger the reminder, stronger the reinforcement.

4) Strong Support System

Nothing helps you stick more to a goal than support of your friends and family.

A strong support system will ensure you remain committed to your goal via their help, presence and words of reassurance. It also acts as a pillar in case of relapse and serves as a platform to help you bounce back in action.

Talk to your loved ones regularly, tell them how you feel, talk to them about your progress, be honest, open and transparent.

Family and Friends Quote

It’s okay to be scared or feel uncertain- discuss those fears with your support system. Seek their advice and ask for help whenever you want it.

5) SMART Goals

Chalk out goals which are: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-bound.

Don’t weave dreamy goals which are idealistic but unworkable. Be honest to yourself and focus on things which matter to you.

Reward small wins and be kind to yourself. Inculcate discipline, determination and diligence as a part of your routine.

Change does not occur overnight- it takes time, so allow yourself that space.

Goals Quote

Feel positive energy and channelize it to achieve your goals.
Evaluate your progress regularly and discuss your development and challenges (if any) with your trusted aides.

I hope my insights help you commit to your goal better and may this year turn out to be more fruitful for you than the last.

Happy Pledging! 

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